There’s nothing more exciting than embarking on that summer vacation you’ve been meticulously planning (and waiting for) all year long. You know where you’re staying, the sights you just have to see and the restaurants you can’t wait to try. The only thing left to do is pack your bags and head out. That said, packing for any getaway (even short ones) can be a headache. Perhaps you’re an under-packer who always seems to forget the most important items on your list. Or maybe you’re a chronic over-packer and always end up paying the most outrageous (and unnecessary) fees at bag check. Regardless of your previous trials and tribulations, we are here to help. We have put together a foolproof guide that works for pretty much any summer vacay you have on the books. Whether you’re heading to the beaches of Hawaii, exploring Europe or taking a long weekend at the lake, we’ve nailed down the basics. These pieces can be mixed and matched in a variety of ways for every activity your trip might include. Get ready to mark your calendar OOO, because it’s time to hit the road!
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Every packing list begins with the perfect carry-on. Complete with an unbreakable shell, a battery for your phone, a hidden laundry compartment and a lifetime guarantee, this bad boy will be your plus-one for all of your future adventures.
Fanny packs are officially a thing again, and we can hardly contain our excitement. These efficient belt bags help you keep track of the important stuff like your passport, wallet, phone and keys at all times. A trendy and responsible travel accessory? Sign us up.
Sneakers are an absolute must for long days of exploring new places. These classic throwback shoes work with just about any look. Pair them with everything from a midi dress to your sporty workout gear.
These stylish sandals provide a little added drama via a heel and toe ring, but are still leaps and bounds more comfortable than the pumps you have at home.
We are obsessed with these versatile, affordable shades. They are lightweight enough for the beach, while chic enough for a sunset dinner date.
A linen dress is a traveler's best friend. The soft and breathable material allows for ventilation and comfort in even the hottest of temps.
This statement coin necklace will add some boho flare to every ensemble you packed.
A breezy cardigan works over a dress for cool summer nights or as a cover-up at the beach or pool.
Relaxed denim shorts are the easiest swap when it's too hot for your favorite boyfriend jeans.
This boxy lavender tee is the perfect pop of color for any of your dream destinations.
Flowy wrap skirts are in style for a reason. Pair this playful number with your favorite crop top and sandals for a fun look on a sunny day.
A feminine blouse is a necessity for any trip, plus it will take you far past your vacation days. Keep the party going—even when you're back in the office—by adding this top to your work wardrobe.
This one-piece wonder is belted to perfection. Who doesn't want a little sophistication, even when frolicking in the water?
A well-rounded face palette makes packing your makeup bag a total breeze. This one comes with brightening and blur powders, bronzer and blush.
Maintaining your hair on vacation can seem impossible, especially when adjusting to a new climate (hello, frizz!). This texturizing hairspray will help bring your locks back to life.